Laura: This is my family Helen. This woman’s name is Sandy Lopez, and she’s not my nanny. She was my partner.
Helen: Your partner?
Laura: My lover, my wife, the mother of my child. She was a firefighter and she died last year.
Helen: You’re gay.
Laura: Yes. I wanted to tell you earlier but I was afraid. My mom and dad died before I came to accept it so I never got the chance to tell them.
Helen: So they never knew you made this choice.
Laura: It’s not a choice, it’s who I am, who I was born as.
Helen: Will you pray with me--
Laura: No. No. I am not going to do this.
Helen: Kerry, Kerry please…
Helen: I didn’t mean to offend you. I was just so glad to find you.
Laura: And my being gay changes that? This is who I am.
Helen: It’s wrong Kerry.
Laura: Maybe this was a mistake.
Helen: It’s not what God created!
Laura: Why are people like you always saying things like that?
Helen: Why are people like you so dismissive about people of faith?
Laura: Because you have no faith, that God knew what he was doing, that God created me too.
Helen: God did create you and he loves you!
Laura: What is it about that it that is so much more threatening than all of the really terrible things in the world?
Helen: Don’t dismiss me so easily.
Laura: I mean people are starving, people are being shot at, and men are flying planes into buildings, yet the faithful are saying, “Watch out for those lesbians; they’re going to destroy our God gifted lives.”
Helen: The world isn’t perfect, it is what we make it.
Laura: You just finished telling me how perfect it was, that nether life nor death nor angels nor rulers can separate us from the love of God and Christ Jesus our Lord. I know the prayer, Helen. I was raised in the church.
Helen: Then you know it’s healing mission.
Laura: Except that the welcome sign is not out for everyone is it?
Helen: Do you hate all faith?
Laura: No. No of course not, I hate that my own faith now excludes me; tries to tell me that I am a sinner because of the people I love.
Helen: It’s who you’ve chosen to love.
Laura: I have made a choice; to stop living a lie about who I am. I was alone in my soul. Do you know what that feels like?
Helen: My hotel is nearby. I think I’ll walk.
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